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SCHOOLS FOR HEALTH: Risk Reduction Strategies for Reopening Schools
https://www.wasa-oly.org/WASA/images/WASA/6.0 Resources/Hanover/Harvard Report for Reopening Schools---June 2020.pdf

Schools will eventually need to reopen. Keeping schools closed comes with massive, long-term individual and societal costs. Many children cannot effectively learn, grow, engage, socialize, be active, eat healthy food, or get support until schools reopen. Parents and caregivers cannot go back to work until children go back to school. Knowing that schools will reopen at some point, we set out...

COVID-19: Operational guidance for maintaining essential health services during an outbreak

Health systems are being confronted with rapidly increasing demand generated by the COVID-19 outbreak. When health systems are overwhelmed, both direct mortality from an outbreak and indirect mortality from vaccine-preventable and treatable conditions increase dramatically. Analyses from the 2014-2015 Ebola outbreak suggest that the increased number of deaths caused by measles, malaria, HIV/...

Guidelines for Laboratory Diagnosis of Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) in Korea
https://www.sfndt.org/sites/www.sfndt.org/files/medias/documents/Hong et al. Ann Lab Med Avril 2020.pdf
Annals of Laboratory Medicine;

The outbreak of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19), which began in December 2019, is still ongoing in Korea, with >9,000 confirmed cases as of March 25, 2020. COVID-19 is a severe acute respiratory syndrome Coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2) infection, and real-time reverse transcription-PCR is currently the most reliable diagnostic method for COVID-19 around the world. Korean Society for Laborato...

CDC Diagnostic Test for COVID-19

CDC has developed a new laboratory test kit for use in testing patient specimens for severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2), the virus that causes COVID-19. The test kit is called the “Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) 2019-Novel Coronavirus (2019-nCoV) Real-Time Reverse Transcriptase (RT)-PCR Diagnostic Panel.” It is intended for use with the Applied Biosys...

Appropriate Antibiotic Use for Acute Respiratory Tract Infection in Adults: Advice for High-Value Care From the American College of Physicians and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Acute respiratory tract infection (ARTI) is the most common reason for antibiotic prescription in adults. Antibiotics are often inappropriately prescribed for patients with ARTI. This article presents best practices for antibiotic use in healthy adults (those without chronic lung disease or immunocompromising conditions) presenting with ARTI.

Health Maintenance in Women

The health maintenance examination is an opportunity to focus on disease prevention and health promotion. The patient history should include screening for tobacco use, alcohol misuse, intimate partner violence, and depression. Premenopausal women should receive preconception counseling and contraception as needed, and all women planning or capable of pregnancy should take 400 to 800 mcg of foli...

Recommendations for Prevention and Control of Influenza in Children, 2020–2021

This statement updates the recommendations of the American Academy of Pediatrics for the routine use of influenza vaccine and antiviral medications in the prevention and treatment of influenza in children during the 2020–2021 season.

COVID-19 Clinical Guidance For the Cardiovascular Care Team

COVID-19 is a quickly evolving public health emergency. The guidance provided in this document is based on the best available published information and expert evaluation. This document is intended to supplement, not supersede, relevant guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, state and local health authorities, and your institution’s infectious disease containment, mit...

An Update on COVID-19 for the Practicing Allergist/immunologist

This year’s spring allergy season has been greatly overshadowed by the arrival of the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic. The presence of COVID-19 is affecting everyone and many allergists’ practices have slowed to a crawl because of state-wide limitations in non-essential medical visits and testing, and because of the risk to providers and their staff as well as to patients from COVI...

Contact tracing in the context of COVID-19

When systematically applied, contact tracing will break the chains of transmission of an infectious disease and is thus an essential public health tool for controlling infectious disease outbreaks. This document provides guidance on how to establish contact tracing capacity for the control of COVID-19.

Tips For Social Distancing, Quarantine, And Isolation During An Infectious Disease Outbreak

In the event of an infectious disease outbreak, local officals may require the public to take measures to limit and control the spread of the disease. This tip sheet provides information about social distancing, quarantine, and isolation. The government has the right to enforce federal and state laws related to public health if people within the country get sick with highly contagious di...

Influenza Vaccination: Updated 2020–2021 Recommendations from ACIP
American Family Physician;

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) has released its recommendations for routine influenza vaccination in the 2020–2021 season. Updates this year include the antigenic composition of seasonal influenza vaccines available in the United States, the addition of two new influenza vaccines for use in people 65 years and older, and new ...

Recommended Adult Immunization Schedule for ages 19 years or older, United States, 2021
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)

Interim Public Health Recommendations for Fully Vaccinated People
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)

his is the first set of public health recommendations for fully vaccinated people. This guidance will be updated and expanded based on the level of community spread of SARS-CoV-2, the proportion of the population that is fully vaccinated, and the rapidly evolving science on COVID-19 vaccines.

Cleaning and Disinfecting Your Facility
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)

he virus that causes COVID-19 can land on surfaces. It’s possible for people to become infected if they touch those surfaces and then touch their nose, mouth, or eyes. In most situations, the risk of infection from touching a surface is low. The most reliable way to prevent infection from surfaces is to regularly wash hands or use hand sanitizer.

Ventilation in Buildings
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)

Mar 22nd, 2021 - CDC recommends a layered approach to reduce exposures to SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19. This approach includes using multiple mitigation strategies, including improvements to building ventilation, to reduce the spread of disease and lower the risk of exposure. In addition to ventilation improvements, the layered approach includes physical distancing, wearing face masks, hand hygien...

Cleaning and Disinfecting Your Home
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)

Apr 4th, 2021 - Cleaning with a household cleaner that contains soap or detergent reduces the amount of germs on surfaces and decreases risk of infection from surfaces. In most situations, cleaning alone removes most virus particles on surfaces. Disinfection to reduce transmission of COVID-19 at home is likely not needed unless someone in your home is sick or if someone who is positive for COVID-19 has been in...

Cleaning and Disinfection for Non-emergency Transport Vehicles
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)

Interim Recommendations for U.S. Non-emergency Transport Vehicles that May Have Transported Passengers with Suspected/Confirmed Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19)

Choosing Safer Activities
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)

Apr 26th, 2021 - What You Need to Know If you are fully vaccinated, you can start doing many things that you had stopped doing because of the pandemic. When choosing safer activities, consider how COVID-19 is spreading in your community, the number of people participating in the activity, and the location of the activity.

Interim Guidance on Duration of Isolation and Precautions for Adults with COVID-19
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)

Accumulating evidence supports ending isolation and precautions for adults with laboratory-confirmed COVID-19 using a symptom-based strategy. This update incorporates recent evidence to inform the duration of isolation and precautions recommended to prevent transmission of SARS-CoV-2 to others, while limiting unnecessary prolonged isolation and unnecessary use of laboratory testing resources.